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Organic Trade Association Announces Organic Leadership Awards

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 06:55
The Organic Trade Association has announced its honorees for this year's Organic Leadership Awards. The Growing Organic Industry Award will be presented to Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association. The Rising Star Award will…
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Beef Cattle Cost Study Available for California

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 06:54
Related ATTRA Publication: Building a Montana Organic Livestock Industry The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center has released a cost study for a beef cattle operation on California's Central Coast.…
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American Land Use in Graphics

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 06:51
A feature from Bloomberg uses USDA land-use data to generate graphics that illustrate the geographical distribution and the comparative amounts of land in different usage categories. Multiple maps and charts included in the feature illustrate the amount…
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Organic Trade Association Announces Organic Leadership Awards

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 16:57
The Organic Trade Association has announced its honorees for this year's Organic Leadership Awards. The Growing Organic Industry Award will be presented to Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association. The Rising Star Award will…
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Beef Cattle Cost Study Available for California

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 16:30
Related ATTRA Publication: Building a Montana Organic Livestock IndustryThe University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center has released a cost study for a beef cattle operation on California's Central Coast. Based…
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American Land Use in Graphics

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 16:19
A feature from Bloomberg uses USDA land-use data to generate graphics that illustrate the geographical distribution and the comparative amounts of land in different usage categories. Multiple maps and charts included in the feature illustrate the amount…
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Missouri Farms Have Potential to Store Carbon Through Conservation Practices

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:41
Soil Solutions: Climate-Smart Farming in the Show Me State, a new report from Climate Central, analyzes the extent to which use of conservation farming practices can reduce carbon pollution and yield carbon savings in Missouri. The research report found…
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Soil Carbon Entering Atmosphere Faster as Temperatures Warm, Says Study

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:32
A study led by the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a partnership between the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland, says that soil carbon is entering Earth's atmosphere at an increasing rate,…
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Montana Local Food Challenge Set for August

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:02
For the month of August, Northern Plains Resource Council is challenging Montanans to eat more local foods, to ask for more local foods in their communities, and to help support Montana agriculture in a giant way. The challenge asks participants to…
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Western Governors' Association Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative to Hold Regional Workshops

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:55
The Western Governors' Association has announced that the Chairman's Initiative of Hawaii Governor David Ige, the Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, will hold four regional workshops. The initiative is focusing on the impacts that nuisance…
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Minnesota Awards Good Food Access Grants and Urban Ag Grants

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:32
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded a total of $233,750 in grants to nine statewide projects under the new AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program. This program encourages agricultural education for urban youth and urban agriculture…
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Furrow-Irrigated Rice Helps Louisiana Farmer Save Water and Energy

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:12
A video posted by LSU AgCenter showcases St. Landry Parish rice farmer Charlie Fontenot's row rice. Rather than being kept flooded, the rice is planted in furrows and irrigated only when needed. This way the rice uses only half as much water as…
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Indiana Farmers Must Adapt to Changing Climate, Says Report

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:26
A new report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team based at Purdue University says that the state's farmers will have to deal with climate change by adapting management practices and the types of crops they plant over the next several…
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Research Explores Integrating Chickens with Vegetable Production

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:30
Iowa State University researchers are exploring how the integration of chickens into vegetable crop rotations may spark environmental and economic benefits for growers. The system must balance a range of concerns, including environmental sustainability,…
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Publication Focuses on Internal Parasite Control for Grazing Ruminants

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:16
Related ATTRA Publication: Grazing to Control ParasitesIowa State University Extension and Outreach has released Internal Parasites in Grazing Ruminants, a free, four-page publication with information on pasture management and deworming strategies…
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Natural Habitat Surrounding Farm Fields Not Always Pest-Control Tool

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 17:37
A study led by the University of California, Davis, and published in the journal PNAS, found that natural habitat surrounding farm fields is not always an effective pest-control tool for farmers worldwide. The research team compiled a pest-control…
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Rural Event Management Toolkit Available

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:39
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is making a new resource available online, Event Management Training Toolkit for Managers of Rural Iowa Fairs, Festivals, and Events. The free, 15-page toolkit provides resources for solving some of the more…
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Minnesota Announces Urban Agriculture Grants

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:28
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has awarded a total of $233,750 in grants to nine statewide projects under the new AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage urban youth agricultural education and urban…
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Winter Cover Crops Build Soil Without Using Extra Water

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 14:45
Related ATTRA Publication: Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid AreasA study at Texas Tech University, funded by Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE), found that winter cover crops helped build healthy soils while preserving…
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New Mexico State University Receives Grant for Arid-Land Drought-Adaptation Project

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 07:34
Related ATTRA Resource: Drought Presentations New Mexico State University (NMSU) Agriculture Extension Program has received a $1.18 million Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.…
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